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Racers prep for season openers
by Dan McGee
Mar 25, 2012 | 1776 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune/Dan McGee - At this weekend’s Reno Expo, promoter Anthony Guerra stands in his booth for the new Amsoil Outlaw Kart series he’s bringing to Rattlesnake Raceway in Fallon. Helping him are two young kart racers, Trey Walters and McKenna Krshul, who will be racing on April 7th.
Tribune/Dan McGee - At this weekend’s Reno Expo, promoter Anthony Guerra stands in his booth for the new Amsoil Outlaw Kart series he’s bringing to Rattlesnake Raceway in Fallon. Helping him are two young kart racers, Trey Walters and McKenna Krshul, who will be racing on April 7th.
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Tribune/Dan McGee - Former modified champion Rich Hill is bringing the new Great Western Race Series to the Reno-Fernley Road Course. Here, at his booth, he's standing by a car that will race in the series.
Tribune/Dan McGee - Former modified champion Rich Hill is bringing the new Great Western Race Series to the Reno-Fernley Road Course. Here, at his booth, he's standing by a car that will race in the series.
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Tribune/Dan McGee - Driving instructor Scott Madans was one of the Reno Region SCCA members manning the club's exhibit area at this weekend's Reno Expo. Here he's standing by a car that competes in the region's Solo II program.
Tribune/Dan McGee - Driving instructor Scott Madans was one of the Reno Region SCCA members manning the club's exhibit area at this weekend's Reno Expo. Here he's standing by a car that competes in the region's Solo II program.
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Tribune/Dan McGee - Local company Speed brought their transporter, plus several off road racing trucks to the Reno Expo this weekend. The display announced the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series will visit the area in late August.
Tribune/Dan McGee - Local company Speed brought their transporter, plus several off road racing trucks to the Reno Expo this weekend. The display announced the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series will visit the area in late August.
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RENO — The annual Reno Expo is a stew of all types of outdoor activities, from gardening to racing. Yes, it also has an Off-Road and Motorsport Expo part that offers the public to preview new series and what’s upcoming in this year’s racing season.

This year two new series are making their debut, both are very different but will offer their own brand of excitement to both fans and competitors.

Heading the list is the new Amsoil Outlaw Kart Series. Promoter Anthony Guerra Jr., created the group, Northern Nevada Outlaws and picked up the Amsoil sponsorship this weekend.

Years ago there was a thriving Outlaw Kart racing community but that has faded with the passage of time. Until this year, only Lovelock Speedway and the American Valley Speedway in Quincy, Calif. were the only places that had tracks for these little, winged karts, which are designed for ovals.

Now, with the help of the folks at Rattlesnake Raceway in Fallon, that’s about to change as Guerra has built a 1/8th mile oval on the infield there. Joining the club is the Fernley 95A Speedway that has also built an Outlaw Kart oval but it’s smaller than the one in Fallon.

Asked about the response, Guerra said Saturday morning, “We’re getting slammed and the show just started. Right now there aren’t too many karts in Northern Nevada so we have to go to Idaho and California.”

He’s also getting positive responses from Central and Eastern Nevada where other karts are based.

Having a track for Outlaw Karts allows both kids that race and their parents, that also race, to compete at the same place on the same night.

“All the Rattlesnake board members are thrilled and excited about how this is going to turn out. And we’re giving 250cc, 500cc as well as Box Stocks and Beginners a place to race,” Guerra said.

While they’ll have their own officials and rules for the Karts, Guerra appreciates the track giving them a place to race.

Then he added special thanks to, A&K Earthmovers that has supplied track building equipment and portable lighting systems, Eternal Image for signs and graphics, Brian and Rose Anderson as well as Ron Turner, who built the track. And gave thanks again to the gang at Rattlesnake Raceway.

Helping out at the show were two young kart racers, 9-year-old McKenna Kasha from Fernley and North Valley resident 10-year-old Trey Walters.

When asked if they are excited about the racing season beginning in two weeks they said, “Yes!”

Then both added they’d beat each other in a race.

Over in another booth was Rich Hill, who created the Great Western Race Series. Its theme is, “where bracket racing meets road racing.

“The series is a new group, an event set up to allow road course cars in the area to race. Instead of having performance based rules, we’ll use a stop watch to set the field rather than having them in divisions with many rules,” he said. “NASA, circle track cars, SCCA and Lemons are all welcome to join us.”

Normally, in road racing, cars are divided into groups based on specific rules for each type of cars. The GWRS will allow a driver’s lap times to determine which group he or she races in.

Hill added that signups end on April 14th. Late registrations cost more and the first event of the series in slated for the weekend of May 5-6 at the Reno-Fernley Road Course.

“The response has been very exciting as a lot of people are excited to be back on the road course. Especially since other organizations have pulled event. People are really looking forward to getting back out there and racing,” he said.

For more information go to, www.gwraceseries.com.

Close by was an exhibit, with several cars, for the Reno Region of the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA).

Club member Scott Madans said, “I’m an instructor for SCCA, and we offer both Solo II and PDX, time trials at Reno-Fernley. That’s where anybody, either a member or non-member of the SCCA, can bring their car to the track and we will show them how to drive it on a racecourse.”

The Solo II program, as described by Madans, is a timed event for people that want to improve their driving skills. And these events are usually run with a course marked by cones or on a racetrack.

“You can win in Solo II, because it is a timed event and you accumulate points over various races,” he said.

Asked about the season, he said, “Last year was better than the year before and this year we expect to see between 60 and 70 cars per event.”

The Solo II season begins with a school/test and tune session on April 28th followed on April 29th by the first points event. On April 21 the region hosts its first road course event the Reno-Fernley Raceway.

For more information go to, www.renoscca.org.

The Valley Off Road Racing Association (VORRA) had a booth in the off-road section. This year five events are listed by the short-track ones are actually two races in one weekend.

Their season begins at the Prairie City OHV Park in Folsom, Calif. then moved to Northern Nevada for its first desert race on May 26-28.

For more information go to, www.vorra.net.

Two events will debut in this region later this summer.

The first is a round of the National Hare and Hound series slated for late June and staged by AMA District 36.

Next, in late August, is when the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series brings its brand of competition to the area.

•This weekend ends the month with a bang, as three motorcycle series will be in action.

Exit 28 begins its Dealer’s Challenge motocross series with a practice on Saturday with a 9 a.m. start to racing Sunday on the newly reconfigured track.

Down in Hawthorne those that race with SMRA spend the weekend at that motocross track.

Desert racers in the MRANN series spend the weekend east of Susanville, Calif. in Dry Valley as they compete in the Diamond Back Hare Scrambles. As usual Saturday is when the Pee Wees, Mini Bikes V Women and Vintage bikes get their turn then, around 10 a.m. Sunday, the big bikes take to the long course.

OTHER RACING NEWS

•The end of March and April are action packed times for oval track racers.

Top Gun Drag Strip has a test and tune session this Saturday then begins the Summit ET season on the weekend of April 14-15.

Rattlesnake Raceway hosts a play day on Saturday followed by their April 7th opening featuring one new class of stock cars and the new Outlaw Kart series.

The Northern Nevada Kart Club hosts its tune up event on April 7th followed by the April 29th season opener.

Both Lovelock Speedway and Fernley 95A Speedway open their seasons on April 14th. American Valley Speedway in Quincy, Calif. hosts a play day on April 14th followed by their season opener on April 28.

And April ends with the 41st Virginia City Grand Prix as riders from across the west tackle the Comstock classic where only the toughest survive the grueling course.

•NASCAR’s Nevada Quartet spent the weekend at Fontana, Calif.

In Saturday’s Nationwide event Kyle Busch started 15th and finished eighth while Brendan Gaughan ended up 10th, after starting eighth and T.J. Bell both started and wound up 27th.
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